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  1. #1

    Entertainment Earth Clone Trooper 4-pack exclusives

    Isn't this great? Now everyone can have as many Clones as they want.

    I hope they do this with E3 Clones - and early into 2005 announce it, too.

    Also, if Hasbro will do this with paint variations, why not Imperial Officers with head variations.

    My suggestion is do 5 heads with no hats.

    1) blonde
    2) brunette
    3) Asian
    4) African
    5) old dude


    Then, ship these with 5 bodies and appropriate hats / helmets in packs of

    Imperial Officers (grey uniform)
    Imperial Officers (black uniform)
    Death Star Troopers
    Rebel Fleet Troopers
    Hoth Rebel Soldiers
    Endor Rebel Soldiers
    Bespin Security
    Cloud Car Pilots
    X-wing Pilots
    Y-wing Pilots (ROTJ helmet variation)
    B-wing Pilots
    A-wing pilots
    Naboo Royal Guards
    Naboo Royal Security
    Coruscant Senate Guards


    Wouldn't that be the right direction for Star Wars to head?

  2. #2

    Re: Entertainment Earth Clone Trooper 4-pack exclusives

    I was gonna do a post along this line last night. Here are a few I would like to see:

    Sandtroopers:

    Orange Pauldron Clean
    Black Pauldron Clean
    White Pauldron Clean
    Gray Pauldron Clean

    Orange Pauldron Dirty
    Black Pauldron Dirty
    White Pauldron Dirty
    Gray Pauldron Dirty

    I'll add more later, gotta get to work.
    May the force be with you.

  3. #3

    Re: Entertainment Earth Clone Trooper 4-pack exclusives

    Well You Know... They Could Do That After All The Movies Are Done.

    After They Sold All Of The Things For "kids". Then As Only The Collectors Are Buying Down The Road They Can Make Army Builders And Various Faces And Heads.
    YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH STORMTROOPERS

  4. #4

    Re: Entertainment Earth Clone Trooper 4-pack exclusives

    Boy, talk about the same wave length. I would love to see Hasbro come out with a troop builder line after the last movies dies down, like "Troops"! They could really concentrate on Army Building with variations, it could sweep across all 6 movies, everything from Stormtroopers to Battle Droids to Clones!!!

    I would like to see it done very much like the current, OCT/POTC lines with the black background and silver bars, but go for the Canadian "starburst" background!

    That would be sweet. But Hasbro would have to remember to pack the figures evenly in the cases. ie one case of "dirty Sandtroopers" would have 3 Gray, 3 Orange, 3 Black and 3 White Pauldrons.
    May the force be with you.

  5. #5

    Re: Entertainment Earth Clone Trooper 4-pack exclusives

    Actually, the ranks bother me.

    Someone military, like SithKiller correct me as to numbers, but in terms of toys we are dealing with 4-packs here.

    But that's why the packs should be just the same rank:


    1 Commander / OOM-9 (yellow markings in SW)

    4 Captains (red markings in SW)

    8 Lieuteniants (blue markings in SW)

    16 Sergeants (green markings in SW)


    That way, you'd have :

    a bunch of white grunts in...
    2 squads in... (16 green)
    8 Platoons in ...(8 blue)
    4 companies in... (4 red)
    1 corps (1 yellow)

    I may have those military divisions wrong. That's what maybe Sithkiller could help me with.

    Army
    Division
    Regiment
    Corps
    Company
    Platoon
    Squad ??????

    Anyway, with Sandtroopers it might work:

    a bunch of gray grunts
    2 squads in... (16 black)
    8 Platoons in ...(8 orange)
    4 companies in... (4 white)
    1 corps (a black uniformed Imperial officer)

    Imperial fans help me out since I'm not sure what sandtroopers would wear or if I got those colors right.

    Anyway, with Hasbro packaging, the problem is that (let's just talk droids and clones)...

    The "realistic" army-builders would not want a lot of yellows. If packed evenly, they'd sit and peg-warm. (probably less likely because less kids will be realistic).

    But then a case of say 6 4-packs might want to be broken down like:

    1 Yellow
    1 red
    1 blue
    1 green
    1 white

    0 yellow
    1 red
    1 blue
    1 green
    2 white

    0 yellow
    0 red
    1 blue
    2 green
    3 white

    0 yellow
    0 red
    0 blue
    2 green
    4 white


    In army building this would work. In the world of scalping, the "sudden hot pieces" would become the "ultra rare yellow or red packs."

    Of course, Hasbro can always cycle through these 4 cases, and ship the first one again, going through the order cycle repeatedly, but still producing less of cases 1 and 2.

  6. #6

    Re: Entertainment Earth Clone Trooper 4-pack exclusives

    btw what are the rankings

    Orange is Sgt
    White is Corporal

    what are the other two?

    thanks in advance.

    VDC

    Quote Originally Posted by sith_killer_99
    I was gonna do a post along this line last night. Here are a few I would like to see:

    Sandtroopers:

    Orange Pauldron Clean
    Black Pauldron Clean
    White Pauldron Clean
    Gray Pauldron Clean

    Orange Pauldron Dirty
    Black Pauldron Dirty
    White Pauldron Dirty
    Gray Pauldron Dirty

    I'll add more later, gotta get to work.
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  7. #7

    Re: Entertainment Earth Clone Trooper 4-pack exclusives

    Current Command structure, which has been in place since WWII is as follows:

    Squad
    Platoon
    Company
    Batallion
    Brigade
    Division
    Corp
    Army

    Overall structure varies. In general here is what you will see (this is a loose description):

    Enlisted Structure

    1 Team = 1 Sergeant (E-5) in charge of 3 Jr. Enlisted (E-4 and below).
    1 Squad = 1 Staff Sergeant in charge of 2 Teams.
    1 Platoon = 1 Sergeant First Class (E-7) in charge of 4 Squads.
    1 Company = 1 First Sergeant (E-8) in charge of 1-4 Platoons.
    1 Batallion = 1 Command Sergeant Major (E-9) in charge of 1-4 Companies.

    The rank of Corporal is a bit different. The Corporal is an NCO, but they are in the grade of E-4 (ie Jr. Enlisted). In some cases a Specialist (E-4) recieves a latteral promotion to Corporal. This is done for different reasons. Now keep in mind that this is an Army thing, and rank varies by Branch of Service ie Marine Corp, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard.

    Officer Structure

    1 Platoon = 1 Second Lieutenant (O-1) or 1 First Lieutenant (O-2)
    1 Company = 1 Captain (O-3)
    1 Batallion = 1 Major (O-4) or 1 Lieutenant Colonel (O-5) or 1 Colonel (O-6)
    1 Brigade = 1 Colonel (O-6) or 1 Brigadier General (O-7) one star or 1 Major General (O-8) two star

    etc.

    But there are a lot of gray ares not covered in the basic structure. There are 9 "grades" of enlisted soldier and 9 "grades" of officers. Lucas appears to have melded all the enlisted into 2 groups: White Clones which represent Jr. enlisted (E-4 and below) Green Clones which represent all NCO's Sergeant through Command Sergeant Major. Then he has 3 colors for the officers Blue for Lieutenants, Red of Captains and Yellow for Commanders...which isn't really a rank in the Army, it's more of a title. A Captain can in fact be a "Company Commander" yet Generals are often Commanders of Brigades, Divisions, Corps, and the Army itself. Like I said, lots of gray areas...

    The NCO support chain is designed to mirror the officer chain. The enlisted (Jr. enlisted as well as NCO's) are the ones on the ground, checking ID's, digging trenches, setting up camp, etc. The Officers are the policy makes that say where it all happens, etc. Battlefield commanders assign missions and taskings to work towards the ultimate goal. The NCO support chain is designed to provide officers with limited experience the benefit of their many years of real world experience.

    Is this all confusing enough for you?

    In any event you will generally see a disproportionatly large number of enlisted to officers on the "battlefield". But T has the rigft idea:

    1 Commander / OOM-9 (yellow markings in SW)

    4 Captains (red markings in SW)

    8 Lieuteniants (blue markings in SW)

    16 Sergeants (green markings in SW)
    Seems just about right. I would add about 50 basic White Clones to the number...ie "grunts".

    However, I still like the idea of even numbers of colored Clones, Sandtroopers, etc. It just makes finding the variations simpler. Besides, I don't really look at these and say "Hmmm, is this really accurate, would you have X number of Black Pauldron Sandtroopers with X number of Gray Pauldrons?" I just like seeing all the different colors represented.
    May the force be with you.

  8. #8

    Re: Entertainment Earth Clone Trooper 4-pack exclusives

    SithKiller, that was an awesome post. Thank you!

    Now we just have to have Sandtroopers' rank colors explained.


    By the way, in Star Wars:

    1 Platoon = 1 Second Lieutenant (O-1) or 1 First Lieutenant (O-2)

    1 Company = 1 Captain (O-3)
    1 Batallion = 1 Major (O-4) or 1 Lieutenant Colonel (O-5) or 1 Colonel (O-6)

    JEDI & Padawan1 Brigade = 1 Colonel (O-6) or 1 Brigadier General (O-7) one star or 1 Major General (O-8) two star

    I think the black uniformed Imperial officers replaced the Jedi as Brigadier Generals, and then the higher-ups like Gen. Veers wore grey.

    In the Imperial Navy, it's harder to sort it out.

    Death Star Troopers are the enlisted grunts, no doubt.
    Black uniformed officers hold sway here as well I think.
    Grey uniforms are the top brass, but with low ranks of their own.


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  9. #9

    Re: Entertainment Earth Clone Trooper 4-pack exclusives

    If you go by the Naval Officers names (I'm a Navy veteran, BTW), then the names make compete sense.

    A Lieutenant can be either an O-2 or O-3 (Lieutenant Junior Grade (Lt. J.G. for short) and Lieutenant, respectively in the Navy OR 2nd Lieutenant O-1 or 1st Lieutenant O-2 in the Army) Basically the Lieutenant is the lowest grade Officer for the clones.
    A Captain is an O-3 (in the Army but in the Navy is an O-6, in this case Lucas is using the Army ranking)
    A Commander is an O-5 or equivalent to a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army.

    To give an example of what a clone army might look like starting with ONE Yellow Clone Commander, (and for the sake of simplicity and Lucas taking liberties with rank) we can come up with a rank structure for clones as such:

    Commander (Yellow Clone)-1 having 4 captains under him (BATTALION)
    Captains (Red Clone)-4 having 2 Lieutenants under each of them (COMPANY)
    Lieutenants (Blue Clone)-8 having 2-4 Sergeants under each of them (weíll make it 2 for this example though it could easily be 4) (PLATOON)
    Sergeants (Green Clone)-16 who have 6-8 White Clones under each of them (For this exercise we will say 8) (SQUAD)
    White Clones-128

    So again thatís:
    1 Yellow (Battalion Commander)
    4 Red (Company Commanders)
    8 Blue (Platoon Leaders)
    16 Green (Squad Leaders)
    128 White (Grunts)

    for a total of 157 clones of varying rank making up a complete complement of clones.

    This does not include Biker Clones or ARC Troopers.

    Biker Clones would be a company unto themselves. The command structure would be the same but the numbers would be less in each section.

    The ARC troopers have a wholly different command structure. With the Comics only showing the Blue Clones and the Animated show showing Red, Blue and White, we can only guess where their rank falls. Though Iíve heard that the colors are or equal rank to the regular clones. (Though since these are of a higher mind capacity, Iíd think it would be an insult if you were a White ARC to be compared to a typical white grunt clone)

    Alright, that was quite nerdy...or was it. It was an excercise in military ranking.

    Also, those numbers don't include Administration Staff, Cooks, medical personel and other Ancillary Staff, but that's not needed for this excercise. (I don't see there being a need for a Secretarial Clone any time soon. ha ha)

    -Sal
    Last edited by jedi master sal; 01-07-2005 at 01:04 PM.
    Move along, move along

  10. #10

    Re: Entertainment Earth Clone Trooper 4-pack exclusives

    These box sets are awesome, but a bit pricey. I couldn't pass up on the color box though.
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